25 Replies to “Interior Painting Tips – Using a Roller”

  1. @shadesofperfection yea i deffintaly agree with you my dad and uncle have painted for over ten years with there own business and a few years own there own. i noticed he actaully had a decent paint to promar from sherim willams.

  2. Thanks for your comment. It’s always nice to get an opinion from a pro. The method I show is absolutely not the end-all and be-all method. It’s one that’s worked for me to blend and hide the grain produced by the knap on the roller. Using finishing strokes going about 90 degrees from the initial application direction does this. It’s not a fast method to apply paint, that’s for sure. But it does produce a remarkable coating. Try it once on just one wall and compare the results to your method.

  3. Im a Benjamin Moore PDS painter and would not use this method. I roll from top to bottom and then back roll, while back rolling apply slight pressure to the leading end of the roller. Do this and you will have a even finish with no roller lines.

  4. URG! No WONDER my paint job looked poor. I painted up and down strokes and just pushed the roller hard against the wall. I never bothered to go sideways, never used the proper, even pressure on the roller. Thanks for this video, helped alot when I did it the second time around!

  5. Thanks! The pros who comment here fail to mention that I never said it was a faster method. What it does is blend the grain of the roller.

  6. I just did half of my daughter’s bedroom with this method and the other half with the conventional W method. I’m sure I wouldn’t want to use this technique if I painted for a living as it is a bit pokier but for an amateur like me who only paints every once in a while this is a godsend. Thanks for the advice and I’ll use this technique from here on in. Including the extra coat that I’ll have to do over the terrible job I did on the other walls.

  7. Thanks for your comment. The technique is to show homeowners how to get rid of the grain caused by rolling just one direction. I never said it was faster. It’s not a production method, and I have no intention of applying to work for you. :->

  8. If you painted like this for my company, I would let you go. Full top to bottom swing and back rolling is how it’s done. If you back roll correctly you won’t get rails or flashing. This side step is a waste of time and not practical at all on high walls. Sherwin Williams paint being used is decent paint, so good to see that.

  9. When painting with a very glossy paint. How do you prevent roller strokes? Even when using even light pressure. Do you go with a foam roller or a high quality roller? I know the imperfections get a lot more visible with the glossy paints.

  10. I agree 100 percent. I’m taping a new video of this method to fully explain why it’s better to roll two directions. You bet I’ll have contrasting colors as that will show exactly why it’s so important.

  11. Next time, I would probably have the paint tinted to a color, that way the viewer could see what you are doing.

  12. i made a huge mistake painting my room years ago by painting it w/o primer and rollers lol. shows how much some parents know about painting :p

  13. I worked for a commercial painting company for a couple of months. The boss would give me hell if he caught me rolling side-to-side. They wanted full top-to-bottom rolls from the base to the ceiling.

  14. Try adding some Floetrol! Superb stuff. Add 2.5ltr to 10ltr paint for big jobs. the paint just glides on and no roller marks. I use it on top jobs and the results are very good!

  15. Thanks. It’s a good practice for anyone because of the grain created by rollers. Going two directions ensures even coverage and no grain issues.

  16. I learned how to paint walls using this technique, it is very hard for me to believe that some painters don’t even dare to try it (mostly assholes) some of them will call you crazy if they see you using this method. I sometimes wonder where did they learn painting? how and why….

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